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    Re: RIS - One build to rule them all? (sad Tolkien ref)

    AJ's method of MSIs through GPOs does have its benefits. If an installation becomes corrupt in some way, the MSI will rebuild the installation automagically.

    I know that managed workstations should also do this but I'm unsure about how they would handle it if you have a huge number of apps installed in your RIS image.

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    Re: RIS - One build to rule them all? (sad Tolkien ref)

    The reason I have avoided RIPREP is because I want my builds to be 100% clean every time and not accumulate the cruft associated with an image which evolves over time (new programs added, old ones removed, updates etc.). Downside to this method is every application has to be in MSI format which can mean repackaging and lots of messing about. I provide support to lots of schools though, so I usually get to reuse repackaged applications.

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    Re: RIS - One build to rule them all? (sad Tolkien ref)

    @AJ: I see where you're coming from. That's why I tend to only build them with the big/awkward progs. If you only have a few types of PC you can usually get away with re-creating your images quite regularly.

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    Re: RIS - One build to rule them all? (sad Tolkien ref)

    @ABJ:

    Why does every app have to be in MSI format tho?

    (to answer myself tho, I assume this is because you use only GP to deploy applications)

    I have only got the User Hive unload thing on the GP deployment lol

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    Re: RIS - One build to rule them all? (sad Tolkien ref)

    @tarquel: Yes, that's right. All software is deployed with AD. I create OUs and policies which install the appropriate software on the appropriate PCs. If I need to get a certain piece of software on just a handful of machines (say 3 of the 16 machines in the ICT suite) then I create a new GPO and filter it using machine group membership - it's a little bit icky but it does the trick.

    There's actually quite a lot of software that comes in MSI format and is ideal for deployment with AD. MS Office, Acrobat Reader, Sun JRE, DaemonTools to name but a few.

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